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Overview

On this New York to Washington DC tour, check out the nation’s capital in a day with all logistics, transport, and entrance fees included so you’re totally free to focus on the sights. Traveling by comfortable minivan or bus with a guide for commentary—another advantage over an independent trip—view landmarks including the White House and Washington Monument. Plus, visit Arlington Cemetery and the National Air and Space Museum.
  • Experience the signature sights of Washington DC on a day trip from NYC
  • Hassle-free way to see and learn about the US capital’s landmarks
  • See the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and domed Capitol building
  • Visit Arlington Cemetery and the National Air and Space Museum

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See nearly all of DC's key attractions and spend time at the Air and Space Museum—a rare combo.
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Professional tour guide
Transportation by 15-passenger van or a full-sized bus
Free Wi-Fi on bus only
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

330 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, USA

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This day trip to Washington DC from New York begins with a drive south through the East Coast states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland before arriving in the US capital.

When you arrive, start your DC sightseeing tour at Arlington Cemetery where you're free to visit JFK's gravesite. Then, take a drive through the city center to admire landmarks such as the domed Capitol building and White House before visiting the National Air and Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institute. Finally, enjoy photo ops at some of DC’s most famous attractions near the National Mall—the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Finally, begin the trip back to NYC, where your tour ends.

Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House and the Capitol building for commentary and photo ops. However, please be aware that occasionally this is not possible due to security issues in Washington. If this occurs during your tour, the itinerary will be adjusted accordingly.
Itinerary
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Empire Vacations Day Tours - New York
Departing from New York and heading south, pass through the states of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland before arriving at Washington DC's Capitol Hill. Here, your tour will start with a stop at Arlington Cemetery to visit JFK's gravesite. Next, head further into Washington to see the Capitol, Senate, and White House, the heart of the US government. Your tour then continues to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum before visiting the Washington, Lincoln, Vietnam, and Korean Memorials for exploration and pictures. Late in the afternoon, you'll embark on a panoramic city tour before departing Washington for an early-evening arrival back in New York City. Please Note: This tour is scheduled to stop in front of the White House, Capitol, and Senate for commentary and photo ops. However, please note that sometimes this is not possible due to security issues. In the event of this occurring, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arlington National Cemetery
Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington, which was officially declared a military cemetery in 1864. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame. Due to security a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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U.S. Capitol
The Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
White House
One of America's most recognizable historical and political symbols is also the home and office of the President of the United States.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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National Air and Space Museum
The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Korean War Veterans Memorial
This memorial to Korean War veterans consists of the Pool of Remembrance and the triangular Field of Service depicting 19 soldiers on the field of combat.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Lincoln Memorial
"In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States sits immortalized in marble as an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible; please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Depending on the rules on the day, sometimes a stop can be made for photographs from outside the fence
  • Time at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is approximately 1.5-hours
  • For tours with fewer guests, vans may be substituted
  • Tours can be bilingual/multilingual as they are offered in many different languages
  • Children under the age of 2 are free, please advise at time of booking if infant is traveling
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Due to security, there is no entry to the White House
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to security a passport or U.S. ID will be required to enter Arlington Cemetery
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Empire Vacations

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Washington DC Day Trip from New York City?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 54 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Washington DC Day Trip from New York City.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you are short on time, this tour is a must." See review
  • "Very long day, plus 1.5 hr traffic accident delay, but still well worth it." See review
  • "Probably a bit long and boring for children, better suited to adults and perhaps teenagers with an interest in history." See review

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Just ok!
Angela_M
, Aug 2021
This tour was just ok. It wasn’t horrible but I wouldn’t do it again. The bus was clean for the most part but the cup holders were absolutely disgusting! The website advised social distancing & masks required. Every seat was full & only about 50% of people wore masks. The worst part was when we were told what was expected as a tip. The tour guide said we should tip $10 per person. I was going to tip more but that was a huge turn off so I didn’t.
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Tour to DC
VAZGEN_H
, Jul 2021
It was very memorable experience for us. The tour guide Andriy was excellent . I suggest everyone to take this tour.
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star-5
I would do it again!
Grace
, Jul 2021
This tour was an absolutely amazing experience. I came back home with some great pictures of the White House, the Capitol, and the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial was especially memorable to me personally. Our tour guide was Manny, he had the best sense of humor and was able to answer all of my questions and more. He is full of historical facts and stories, kept the tour entertaining. I def recommend!!
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star-5
Awesome Experience
Sammy_310
, Jul 2021
This was a great experience over all!!! The meeting spot was easy to find the bus was very comfortable the ride was smooth and safe. The tour was very educational I learned a lot and it was narrated by an awesome tour guide Andrey which explained everything in both English and Spanish which made it better for my mother to be apart of the whole tour and experience she also learned a lot. I must say I was very satisfied with this trip and mind you I had my 69yr old mother a teenager and a 4yr old toddler and we all had a great time and enjoyed our tour to Washington DC in one day :)
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star-4
Nice guide and trip
Maha_B
, Jul 2021
Trip and guide were excellent however, the van was not that comfortable… too noisy, screws were about to detach from the window. We could hear the highway loud noise.
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star-5
Amazing experience
Vindya_W
, Jul 2021
The trip was a great experience. The tour guide Andrew was very informative and made sure the whole group was together so no one was left behind.
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star-5
Excellent Washington DC day trip
MaAye_M
, Jul 2021
The tour guide is excellent. We enjoyed the trip. Memorable things are the white house, capitol and lincoln memorial.
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star-5
Phenomenal
isabella_a
, Jul 2021
My trip to DC was informative and exciting thanks to our Tourguide, Oki. He educated us on American history with such ease. I felt safe and cared for throughout. I will definitely utilize this agency again for other places I’m hoping to see in the near future.
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star-5
Excellent experience, both the driver and guide tour
JOSE_P
, Jul 2021
Washington is now prettier than 9 months ago, the trip was good and beautiful site scenes , would love to see the tomb of the unknown soldier but couldn’t su to time restrictions
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Trip was okay except museum visit didn’t happen
Lee
, Jul 2021
The trip is okay. We were excited to go to the air and space museum but unfortunately our last attraction stop was at the capitol. My daughter felt frustrated because she was really looking forward to the museum tour. Over all the trip was okay.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Lee, Thank you for your review, we appreciate the feedback. Due to Covid restrictions the Air and Space museum is not currently open to the public. As a result we could not stop there on the tour. We are happy to hear the rest of the tour went well and hope to welcome you on one of our tours in the future. Thanks Empire Vacations Team
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